Homemade Tropical Granola

Making your own granola is much better for you than boxed versions, which can be loaded with fat and sugar. Lightly sweetened with apple juice concentrate and maple syrup and packed with 12 grams of protein per serving, it’s delicious sprinkled over yogurt or fresh fruit. Freeze-dried mangos, not to be confused with dense, dried mango, are light and easily crushed. They add a sunny tropical flavor to this recipe. Look for freeze-dried fruit in bags where trail mix and energy bars are sold.

Ingredients for servings


  • 2.5 cup rolled oats

  • 0.5 cup raw sunflower seeds

  • 3.5 tbsp whole sesame seeds

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips


  • Preheat oven to 325°F (162°C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the oats, nuts, seeds and cinnamon in a large bowl.

  • In a large measuring cup, combine the juice concentrate, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla and whisk until incorporated. Pour over the oat mixture and stir until thoroughly coated.

  • Spread in an even layer on the prepared pan and bake, stirring once, until golden brown, 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, add the mango and coconut, and stir to combine.

  • Cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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